Anchialine habitats


John Gunn


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January 2003


Extensively illustrated with over 500 photographs, maps, diagrams, and tables, this unique reference source offers comprehensive coverage of this fascinating subject. The Encyclopedia's 350 alphabetically arranged entries cover a wide range of topics, including biospeleology (by organism and by habitat); geoscience; cave archaeology and human use of caves; cave art; cave and karst history; hydrology and groundwater; conservation and management; and exploration, equipment, and rescue. Many entries are devoted to important sites across the world, from individual caves such as Mammoth Cave (the world's longest cave) and Krubera (one of the world's deepest), through key regions such as the Dinaric karst and the Gunung Mulu World Heritage Site. The book also features broader examinations of cave and karst geography within individual countries and continents. Written by an international team of experts, the essays progress from general concepts toward deeper understanding, explaining jargon for the non-specialist. Each essay is fully referenced, with suggestions for further reading and cross-references to related articles. Thematic content lists and a comprehensive index facilitate easy searching and browsing. A wide-ranging and up-to-date reference work, the Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science is an ideal source for students and researchers, as well as professional hydrogeologists, planners, environmental scientists, and conservationists. It is also a perfect starting point for cave explorers or any general reader with an interest in caves.


Mammoth Cave, Karst, Geography